BEFORE LONDON…BEFORE CTU…
BEFORE THE CLOCK STARTED TICKING….
1994. Tateos Gadjoyan, an Armenian arms merchant, has been a target of the Central Intelligence Agency for years. Efforts to thwart his selling of American military weapons to terrorists have been unsuccessful, but finally two undercover agents have infiltrated Gadjoyan’s inner circle. Soon they will have sufficient evidence to seize the arms dealer.
On the small Japanese island of Okinawa, Gadjoyan’s representatives are concluding a deal with Miroji Jimura, an arms dealer who’s only too happy to profit from the sale of American weapons to be used against American people.
When a rival of Jimura’s sabotages the arms deal, the case against Tateos Gadjoyan is threatened and another far greater menace to American security is revealed. The only thing standing against this new danger is a single junior CIA agent named Jack Bauer.
Working without backup, Bauer has no choice but to face this urgent new threat head on, but the stakes are high and time is already running out…
I still remember how I felt when Melissa Frain from Tor Books contacted me via e-Mail, asking if I wanted to write a 24 novel for her.
Once I got done bouncing off the walls of my office, I composed myself and drafted a thoughtful reply indicating my interest. However, if you were to run it through some sort of sooper sekrit translation matrix thing, what you’d likely get back is something like this:
“ZOMG ZOMG ZOMG HOLY SHIT HOLY SHIT HELL YEAH I’M IN!!!!!”
Yeah. It was like that.
It took a while to get from that e-Mail to today, but Melissa as well as Amy Stapp, another of Tor’s editorial gurus who worked with me all through the book’s gestation period, made the journey painless and fun. I had a frikkin’ ball writing this thing. I absolutely want to write another one. When do we go? I’m already suited up and ready to start the clickety-clackety typing thing.
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